resolve[ri zälv′, -zôlv′]
- The definition of resolve is to solve, or settle something, or to make a commitment to do something.
- When you have a problem involving a leaky faucet and you fix the faucet, this is an example of when you resolve your problem.
- When you settle an old argument you have been having, this is an example of when you resolve the argument.
- When you vow to exercise more, this is an example of when you resolve to exercise more.
transitive verbresolved, resolving
- to break up into separate, constituent elements or parts; analyze
- to change or transform: used reflexively: a discussion that resolved itself into an argument
- to cause (a person) to decide: the flood that resolved him to sell
- to reach as a decision or intention; determine: to resolve to go
- to find the solution or an answer to (a problem); solve
- to make a decision about: to resolve the points at issue
- to explain or make clear; show the resolution of (a problem, a fictional plot, etc.)
- to remove or dispel (doubt, etc.)
- to decide by vote; make a formal decision about; express by resolution, as an assembly does
- Obsolete to cause to dissolve or melt
- Chem. to separate (an optically inactive compound or mixture) into its optically active components
- Med. to cause (a swelling, fever, etc.) to subside or disappear
- Music to cause (a chord or tone) to undergo resolution
- Physics to make distinguishable the individual parts of (an image, radar echo, etc.)
Origin of resolveMiddle English resolven ; from Classical Latin resolvere: see re- and amp; solve
- to be resolved, as by analysis
- to come to a decision; make a resolution; determine
- Music to undergo resolution
- fixed purpose or intention; firm determination
- a formal resolution, as of an assembly
verbre·solved, re·solv·ing, re·solves
- a. To make a firm decision about: resolved that I would do better next time. See Synonyms at decide.b. To decide or express by formal vote: The legislature resolved that the official should be impeached.c. To cause (a person) to reach a decision: “He was resolved to enjoy the success he had earned” (F. Scott Fitzgerald).
- To change or convert: My resentment resolved itself into resignation.
- To find a solution to; solve: resolved the problem.
- To remove or dispel (doubts).
- To bring to a usually successful conclusion: resolve a conflict.
- Medicine To cause reduction of (an inflammation, for example).
- Music To cause (a tone or chord) to progress from dissonance to consonance.
- Chemistry To separate (an optically inactive compound or mixture) into its optically active constituents.
- To render parts of (an image) visible and distinct.
- Mathematics To separate (a vector, for example) into coordinate components.
- Archaic To separate (something) into constituent parts.
- Obsolete To cause (something) to melt or dissolve: “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!” (Shakespeare).
- To reach a decision or make a determination: resolve on a course of action.
- To become separated or reduced to constituents.
- Music To undergo resolution.
- Firmness of purpose; resolution: “my fierce, indignant resolve to visit those sun-kissed islands” (Caitlin Flanagan).
- A determination or decision; a fixed purpose: “She had come to a resolve to undertake outdoor work in her native village” (Thomas Hardy).
- A formal resolution made by a deliberative body.
Origin of resolveMiddle English resolven, to dissolve, from Old French resolver, from Latin resolvere, to untie : re-, re- + solvere, to untie; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
- re·solv′a·bil′i·ty, re·solv′a·ble·ness
(third-person singular simple present resolves, present participle resolving, simple past and past participle resolved)
- To find a solution to (a problem).
- To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; to make clear or certain; to unravel; to explain.
- to resolve a riddle
- To solve again.
- I'll have to resolve the equation with the new values.
- (intransitive) To make a firm decision to do something.
- I resolve to finish this work before I go home.
- To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle.
- He was resolved by an unexpected event.
- To come to an agreement or make peace; patch up relationship, settle differences, bury the hatchet.
- After two weeks of bickering, they finally resolved their differences.
- (intransitive, reflexive) To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state.
- To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
- (music) To cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance.
- (computing) To find the IP address of a hostname, or the entity referred to by a symbol in source code; to look up.
- (rare) To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid).
- (rare, intransitive, reflexive) To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.
- (medicine, dated) To disperse or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumour.
terms etymologically related to resolve
- Determination, will power.
- It took all my resolve to go through with it.
From Middle English, from Latin resolvÅ.
resolve - Computer Definition
To look up an address. For example, "to resolve a name" means to look up the corresponding address for that name. The phrase "external references in the program were resolved" means that tables were searched, and all references to routines outside of the program were given valid addresses. See address resolution and name resolution.